12. Schaefferia Jacquin, Enum. Syst. Pl. 10, 33. 1760.
[For Jacob Christian Schaeffer, 1718–1790, German botanist, zoologist, theologian, and clergyman] [For Jacob Christian Schaeffer, 1718–1790, German botanist, zoologist, theologian, and clergyman]
Shrubs or trees, <dioecious>. Branchlets terete. Leaves persistent, alternate or fascicled; stipules absent; petiole present or absent; blade margins entire; venation pinnate. Inflorescences axillary, fascicles or flowers solitary. Flowers unisexual, radially symmetric; perianth and androecium hypogynous; hypanthium absent; sepals 4, distinct; petals 4, greenish white to white; nectary rudimentary or absent. Staminate flowers: stamens 4; staminodes 0; pistillode present. Pistillate flowers: staminodes 0; pistil 2-carpellate; ovary superior, 2-locular, placentation axile; style 1; stigmas 2; ovule 1 per locule. Fruits drupes, 2-locular, subglobose, apex not beaked. Seeds 1 per locule, oblong, not winged; aril absent.
Species 5–15 (2 in the flora): sc, se United States, Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America.